Self Managed Super Fund

Are my self-managed super fund investments safe?

George Cochrane Financial expert George Cochrane answers readers' questions.

SMSF MASTERCLASS

Find the ideal member of a self-managed super fund

Sam Henderson Managing your own superannuation has many advantages but it's not for everyone - so who is it for?

SMSF MASTERCLASS

A self-managed super fund needs an investment strategy

Sam Henderson If you're going to mange your own superannuation, a written investment strategy is an essential element to your retirement success.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Your Questions: Should we start a self-managed super fund?

More and more Australians are opting to manage their own superannuation schemes.

Financial expert George Cochrane answers readers' questions.

SMSF MASTERCLASS

One big difference with a self-managed super fund

Sam Henderson One of the biggest differences of self-managed super is the ability to use borrowed money to invest.

Can a compromise be found for self-managed super fund investment property borrowing ban?

The SMSF Association's Graeme Colley is hopeful the government will compromise rather than restoring an outright ban on borrowing in super.

Sally Rose The federal government is less likely to impose an outright ban on the $550 billion self-managed super fund industry borrowing to buy investment property, according to industry groups.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Should I start a self-managed super fund?

Richard Livingston Should I start a self-managed super fund? If you're asking that question of your own volition, the answer is probably YES

Take the nappy pledge: strategies to grow your super while on parental leave

Bianca Hartge-Hazelman

Bianca Hartge-Hazelman For my third maternity leave, I've pledged to pay myself enough super to match every dollar I spend on nappies.

What you need to know about the new super regime

Daryl Dixon Make sure you check out the changes before taking any action.

Dump super in haste, repent at leisure

Any change to the super system feeds public distrust.

Noel Whittaker Any change in the superannuation rules feeds into the general public distrust of super, but it's important to look at the facts objectively.

What was good for fending off mammoths is bad for investing

John Collett Usually, the best thing to do when doomsayers start to make a lot of noise is to sit tight.

DIY fund trustees fly blind without returns objective

John Collett Most of those with DIY super funds don't track the performance of their funds against any conventional published benchmark or returns objectives.

The lowdown on voluntary super contributions: Should you top up your nest egg now?

Daryl Dixon With law changes looming, this year may be the last opportunity for some to boost their nest egg by making extra contributions into their super fund.

The pros and cons of self-managed super

The only reason to have a self-managed super fund is if you want to pull the strings.

Marcus Padley There are two types of people: those who have opened an SMSF and the rest.

When financial advice is really independent

John Collett The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has turned a blind eye to financial planning firms calling themselves "independently owned" when they don't meet the rules of independence.

Four things you need to know about super before your first job

John Collett With the excitement of your first job, don't forget your super entitlements.

Rising obesity drives raid on super to pay for surgery

More people are accessing their super to pay for stomach surgery to control their weight.

John Collett More people are accessing their super to pay for stomach surgery to control their weight as awareness grows that retirement savings can be used to pay for medical treatments.

Life insurance advice reforms will help better protect consumers

John Collett Commissions are still with us when it comes to life insurance.

Is it true that older people were promised a pension for life?

Noel Whittaker Just before the last election I was bombarded with emails that readers had received from the Mature Australia Party.

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Some rare good financial news for younger people

Millennials will have a healthy superannuation balance by the time they retire.

Clancy Yeates Despite growing wealth inequality, younger households should have much more in retirement savings than their parents.